April 9, 2007 April 9, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
SomerSignings: The Patriots signed two more players today, agreeing to terms with pitchers Chris Rojas and Jason Richardson.
Both guys have Triple-A experience, including time at Triple-A. (And that’s why you don’t write when you’re drinking Robitussin by the bottle…that makes no sense.)
Somerset also signed Pat Boran and Andy Van Hekken today.
Bears Agree With Gomes and Peavey: I thought they officially announced one of the two earlier, but never the less, the Bears announced today that they signed Joey Gomes and Pat Peavey today.
Both players were acquired in deals this winter.
Too Strong for the AL: OF Jamal Strong, who had signed with Camden, was picked up by the Yankees today, where he’s likely to be assigned to Triple-A Scranton. Strong replaces Kevin Thompson, who was called up to replace an injured Hideki Matsui.
However, once both players return to their usual spots, it’s very possible Strong could end up in Trenton, where’d he replace Shawn Garrett. So I may get to cover him after all…
Tike Redman To York: Good job by The York Daily Record’s Jim Seip, who writes that the York Revolution have agreed to terms with seven more players.
OF Tike Redman, P Shane Loux, C Greg Brown, INF Luis Cotto, INF Travis Ezi, P Dave Gil and 1B Willie Matos are the players Seip lists as having signed.
Make sure you check out Seip’s analysis of the signings, but I know you guys come here for my take as well.
Loooooove the Redman signing. The guy was a “Web Gems” regular when he was with the Pirates. He spent all of his five big league seasons there; a career .277 hitter in 1,238 at-bats.
He doesn’t give you much power — he has just 15 big league longballs, but the 30-year-old still has some speed and is a great singles hitter.
He split last season between the Triple-A affiliates of the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros.
Loux is another ex-Tigers pitching prospect (2nd round pick in ’97) who flamed out and found his way to the Atlantic League. There seems to be a laundry list of guys who’ve done this and had very successful careers in the AL (Pat Ahearne, Denny Harriger…) so perhaps Loux will follow in their footsteps.
He got to the show in 2002 and 2003 with the Tigers, but went 1-4 with a 7.71 ERA in 14 appearances.
After not pitching in 2004, he struggled in his 2006 return with Triple-A Omaha, going 2-5 with a 6.46 ERA in 31 games.
You can also buy a minor-league bobblehead of his here, if you so choose…
Cotto, I told you about a few days ago…Brown has statistics reminiscient of Jim Buckley, which isn’t good…Ezi, who will be nicknamed “Ezi-Pass” from here on out, is an outfielder with average speed who topped out in Double-A…Gil is a righty who has spent the last two seasons going back and forth between Double-A and Triple-A in the Nationals organization…Matos is a fairly inexperienced first baseman.
Ducks Bring In Two: Long Island Ducks team officials today announced the signing of two lefthanded pitchers for the 2007 season, both with Major League experience. Former Cleveland, Seattle and Cincinnati hurler Mark Watson makes his Atlantic League debut, while Kevin Tolar returns to Long Island after pitching for the club last year.
17-year-veteran Tolar pitched in 36 games for the Ducks in 2006, notching a miniscule 1.60 ERA in 39.1 innings of work. He began the year in Mexico before settling into the closer’s role with Long Island, earning a career high 17 saves and fanning 44 batters. The lefthander spent more than 10 years in the minors before making his big league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2000. Tolar has worked in 20 Major League contests over parts of three seasons with the Tigers and Boston Red Sox. He has a career 3.48 ERA in 665 minor league games and owns 70 wins.
Watson joins the club after splitting time last season at the Triple-A level between the Cubs and Athletics organizations. He posted three victories and a 3.38 ERA in 23 games with Triple-A Iowa before being traded to Oakland and assigned to their Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento. He compiled a 2.91 ERA in 26 Pacific Coast League contests. Watson reached the big leagues on three occasions, making his debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2000. He earned his first Major League victory with the Seattle Mariners in 2002, and pitched for the Cincinnati Reds the following season. Watson has earned 48 victories in 327 minor league games, spanning an 11 year career. – Ashmore